We are UNIT 24

The Bartlett School of Architecture

The architect’s role traditionally ends when a building is handed over. Can we not intervene more radically? Can we not take in our hands the history of the city and use it as a feeding ground for creating new narratives? Can we act as scriptwriters for the future of our cities? And what happened to architecture being used as a medium for resistance, if not rebellion? For challenging the status quo and the dominant power structures? For questioning media and technique?

Unit 24 employs film, video, animation, drawing and virtual/physical modelling techniques to generate architectural propositions, harnessing the potential of time-based media in the production of space. Inspired by cinema, television, photograph, literature and computer games we challenge the empty formalist pursuit of contemporary built form in the search for a critical and politically engaged role for the architect.

We create filmic architectures and architectural films informed by genre: documentary or historical fiction, able to unearth clandestine historical facts; science-fiction, using science base narratives allegorically to explore political, social and philosophical undercurrents; love story, unlocking the erotic potential of architecture; comedy, in slapstick, political satire, black and surreal humor, the mockumentary or the spoof; film noir; cartoons and animation; experimental fine art.

The unit also recognises the significance of computer games, and how their constructed environments increasingly influence not only cinema but also the design and experience of built architecture.

Tutored by Penelope Haralambidou and Michael Tite, with Keiichi Matsuda

2013 - 2016: Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite and Simon Kennedy